Selecting a stance is an essential tool for any sword fighter. A stance is a personal thing, and although some may seem indistinguishable, some stances are not always identical to each other. Every sword enthusiast has divergent physique sizes and body types; therefore, stances will vary from person-to-person.
People also have different preferences, and fighting styles, so make sure to select a sword that makes you feel comfortable to hold and confident to use. Insisting on a stance that makes you feel awkward and fixed isn't something we recommend.
Full Front Stance
The full front stance is a pretty standard stance used in sword fighting. It’s similar to a lunge, the shoulders face forward while the leading leg is bent at your knee the back leg is kept completely straight. Not only does this stance provide extremely limited openings for the opponent, but it also grants a huge amount of power onward towards them.
This stance can allow you to take the offensive, which is extremely beneficial. Upon using this stance and going for your opponent, it isn't easy for them to have their sword target a specific position, thus, allowing you to dominate your opponent, no matter the area.
Primary Outfighting Sword Stance
The Primary Outfighting stance is a commonly used, as you stand with feet shoulder width apart, chin down, and eyes straight and focused. Make sure to move along on the toes, for a better as well as faster reaction. Keep your dominant hand back, with the opposite foot forward. The objective in this case is to knock the sword out of your opponent’s hand. That way, you will not have to worry about potential counters. Modification of this stance depends on one’s abilities.
Side on Stance
Position yourself so that your preferred leg is forward. The opposite leg should be shoulder width apart and somewhat arched. You want about 3/5 of your body weight to be reliant on the rear leg. It’s essential that your legs and feet are alongside each other. The reason this stance is a highly effective one for sword dueling or jousting is because it allows hardly any openings to your opponent.
Find a Stance That Work for You
All these stances are the best for sword fighters and trainees because of how easy they are to grasp, whether it be a beginner or an experienced sword duelist. Also, these stances provide both offense and defense.